The Chevy Volt, in the right hands, is a pretty impressive hybrid vehicle, but could future versions deliver even more?
One of my Tweeps runs a Chevy Volt, and I love seeing his fuel economy numbers, near 10,000 miles per tank of gas, nearly 95% of his miles in EV mode, generally a great guy, too! The question is, could the Chevy Volt be even better? While I ask @AmazingChevVolt what he thinks, General Motors has been asking Chevy Volt owners what they think the new Volt should deliver. The 2014 Chevy Volt currently starts at $34,995 and, after incentives and considering fuel economy, is a remarkably inexpensive car to own. Chevy Volt fuel economy, such as that of my Tweep, is over 80 mpge, which is double that of the best conventional vehicle available, the Honda CR-Z. Additionally, it holds four passengers, unlike the CR-Z.
According to Chevy Volt owners, a few things would make the car even better. First would be to add a fifth seating position, which might present some difficulties with the oversized “transmission hump” occupied by the “T”-shaped hybrid battery pack. On top of this, Volt owners crave even more EV range, which would mean battery pack expansion or some other efficiency refinements. A complete redesign would be needed for that, and I’m not sure if General Motors is considering such a change. Finally, of course, who wouldn’t want to see a better starting price?
The 2016 Chevy Volt still hasn’t been finalized in specifications, but General Motors has laid out plans for better EV range and pricing. Local battery production and mass-production could knock up to $10,000 off the price by 2016 and still be profitable, and a smaller i3 engine could be adopted to improve charge-mode fuel economy. Again, no final word from General Motors on Chevy Volt 2.0, but we expect it soon.
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